Eternal Light of Egypt
do you think of when you think of the Albany Institute of
History & Art? Obviously, first, their magnificent collection
of Hudson River School paintings. After that, many might
say the wealth of regional artifacts, the great traveling
exhibits, the collection of stoves or the Academy Award
for 1931’s Bad Girl. We’re betting, however, that
the second-most famous exhibit at the AIHA is the Egyptian
room—and the mummies it contains.
Eternal Light of Egypt: The Photography of Sarite Sanders,
which opens this weekend, ties in nicely with the mummies.
Photographer Sarite Sanders has taken a series of 40 images
that “recall early 19th-century travel photography that
captured for Western viewers the awe and majesty of Pharaonic
Eternal Light of Egypt: The Photography of Sarite Sanders
opens Saturday (Jan. 16) and runs through June 13 at the
Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave.,
Albany). There will be a free artist’s gallery talk on Feb.
5 at 6 PM, during the monthly 1st Friday celebration. For
more info, call 463-4478.
Shao and Friends
of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002, cellist Sophie
Shao has been acclaimed a “musician with a superior sense
of style, great finesse and emotion.” This weekend, she’s
bringing some friends to Union College to perform string
quintets by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Brahms.
The lineup for Sunday’s performance will be Shao (cello),
Pamela Frank and Arnaud Sussmann (violins), and Mark Holloway
and Lily Francis (violas).
Sophie Shao and Friends will perform Sunday (Jan. 17) at
3 PM at the Union College Memorial Chapel (Union College,
Schenectady). Admission is $25, $10 students. For more info,
say that Chris Scruggs was preordained for greatness as
a singer-songwriter would simply be redundant in light of
his surname. The Nashville native was born into the music
industry and raised on a tour bus with his mother Gail Davies,
and made a name for himself as a teenager fronting alt-country
pioneers BR549. As a solo artist, the Washington Post
has described him as “part John Lennon pop and part
Milton Brown western swing, with a little bit of White Stripes
Scruggs’ latest, draws a nice line from the country
lineage he was born into, through the contemporary stylings
of some of his collaborators, M. Ward, Neko Case and Justin
Chris Scruggs will play the Ale House (680 River St., Troy)
on Sunday (Jan. 17) at 8 PM. Tickets are $10. Call 272-9740
for more info.